A DOG rescuer from Warwick has been crowned Volunteer of the Year for her work rehoming homeless hounds.
Trisha Shaw dedicates her time volunteering for Pawprints Dog Rescue in Rugby, a charity saving dogs from death row in council pounds – where they can be put to sleep after seven days.
Alongside this she also reunites lost dogs with their owners for nationwide charity DogLost.
And she continued to carry out all of her charity work despite battling breast cancer, which fortunately earlier this year she received the all-clear from.
Trisha’s dedication to dogs was rewarded at the PetPlan Animal Charity Awards, where she was named Volunteer of the Year for her work.
It saw her scoop a £1,500 cheque for the charity.
The mum-of-three said: “I’m so very grateful to everyone that nominated me for the award. I’m incredibly fortunate, every day, to be able to work as part of a fabulous team of volunteers and to watch our charity growing and helping more abandoned, sick and injured dogs to find their perfect owners.
“The award is a huge honour and to find that it was accompanied by a cheque from Petplan for the rescue was a wonderful surprise.”
And fellow Pawprints volunteers spoke about their delight at Trisha winning.
A spokewoman said: “We are so very proud of our very own Trisha Shaw as she battled cancer and is now cancer free. During gruelling chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, Trisha continued to work so hard to ensure our operational activities continued to run smoothly and that our charity shop opened as planned.
“We are absolutely delighted Trisha has been named Volunteer of the Year. This is a great honour and recognises just how much Trisha has put into Pawprints and all the lost dogs she has helped search for, find and reunite.”
Visit www.pawprintsdogrescue.org to find out more about the charity and the dogs available for rehoming.